Keele Astrophysics Group


  • Ernest Rutherford Fellowships
  • The Royal Society University Research Fellowships
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowships
  • RAS Fellowships

    Additionally, for non-UK residents

  • Marie Curie-Sklodowska Individual Fellowships
  • Newton International Fellowships
  • JSPS Fellowships for Japanese citizens
  • If you have any questions or want to discuss possible projects, send an email to the researcher you would like to work with. Note that most of the deadlines are at a similar date every year.


    Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: September-October

    The Ernest Rutherford Fellowship scheme was announced on 29 March 2011. The Fellowships will enable early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. They will encourage talented researchers in UK universities to remain in the country and at the same time attract outstanding overseas researchers to the UK. This new scheme replaces and builds on STFC's Advanced Fellowship programme. Each Fellowship will last for five years, with 12 being offered annually. Fellows will receive support for their salary and be able to bid for significant additional funds to support their research.

    Royal Society University Research Fellowships


    The University Research Fellowships scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who should have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.

    Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowships


    The scheme of 1851 Research Fellowships is intended to give a few PhD level scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity for conducting research for a further period of two years. Approximately eight awards are made each year.

    RAS Research Fellowships


    The purpose of the "RAS Fellowships" is to enable outstanding candidates to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines that the RAS advances (astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences). The research topic must be acceptable by the selection panel set up by the Council of the RAS (the Trustees of the Society)

    The RAS also awards two other fellowships: the Sir Norman Lockyer Fellowship and the RAS Daphne Jackson Fellowship (scroll down to the relevant section).

    Marie Curie-Sklodowska Individual Fellowships


    Within the European Marie Curie People scheme, there is the opportunity for young and senior scientists to apply for their own postdoctoral fellowships, which can take place at European Universities. The postdoc is the PI for the Marie Curie Fellowship and Keele is the host.

    There are two types of Individual Fellowships:

    • 1. European Fellowships
      - Held in the EU or associated countries.
      - Open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe.
      - Can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave.
      - Can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe.

    • 2. Global Fellowships
      - Fund secondments outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries.
      - There is a mandatory one-year return period.
      - European and Global Fellowships can also include a secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe, where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.

    • More information available at:
    Note that Keele University offers support from an EU grant expert to help prepare these applications.

    Newton International Fellowships

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: April (calls around January)

    The Newton International Fellowships will be the pre-eminent award for postdoctoral researchers wishing to undertake research in the UK. The Fellowships has been launched on 4 June 2008 and is run by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society to cover the broad range of natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities.

    Newton International Fellowships aim to attract the world's best post-doctoral researchers to Britain for a period of one to two years. Funding for follow-on activities will continue for up to ten years after the Newton International Fellows have returned overseas, with the aim of maintaining links with the UK. In addition, Newton Fellows will have the opportunity to join a national alumni scheme for international fellows run by RCUK.

    JSPS Fellowships for Japanese citizens (Japanese version only)


    Under this program, fellowships are awarded to young Japanese postdoctoral researchers for conducting research at foreign universities or research institutions for a period of two years. The fellowship covers travel expenses, a stipend, and a research grant. In 2000, 100 of these fellowships have been awarded.

    If you have any questions or want to discuss possible projects, send an email to the researcher you would like to work with.